Presenters and Instructors

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Screen Shot 2016-11-02 at 3.23.45 PM.pngBrian A. Klems (@BrianKlems) is the former long-time online editor of His blog for WD, The Writer’s Dig—which covered everything writing and publishing—was one of the largest blogs in the writing community.

Brian’s first book, Oh Boy, You’re Having a Girl: A Dad’s Guide to Raising Daughters (Adams Media) was released in April 2013. It received high-level buzz and praise from some of the funniest writers alive, including Dave Barry and Bruce Cameron.

Brian is also a proud graduate of the Ohio University E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, a husband, softball infielder, perennial fantasy sports underachiever, and father of three lovely little girls.



Screen Shot 2018-05-01 at 9.54.11 AMMadeline Smoot is the publisher of CBAY Books and former editorial director for children’s books of Blooming Tree Press. She runs the Buried in the Slush Pile blog.

At the workshop, Madeline will be presenting the session, “How to Write Amazing Young Adult and Middle Grade Fiction” and well as “How to Write and Sell Picture Books for Children.”

She is critiquing young adult and middle grade submissions as an add-on element for attendees.

Madeline lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, son, two cats, a dog, and more books than should fit in any normal person’s house. Visit her website here.


Screen Shot 2018-05-01 at 9.57.55 AMMaria Mutch is the author of Know the Night, a memoir and finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Awards, and When We Were Birds, a story collection.

At the 2018 Boston workshop, Maria will be teaching on memoir writing, and critiquing the following manuscript categories for writers: literary fiction, short stories, memoir, historical fiction, mainstream fiction, and possibly women’s fiction.

Her essays and short fiction have appeared in Poets & Writers, Guernica, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Normal School, and Witness, among others. She lives in Rhode Island.